Respect media’s right to political ad: Nepal Media Society to govt

Published On: November 30, 2017 05:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: Nepal Media Society, the umbrella organization of private publications and Television Broadcasters Nepal (TBN), has urged the Election Commission (EC) to respect the media’s right to advertisement on Thursday.

“We would like to urge all the bodies concerned not to question the media’s right to advertisement,” the Society said in a statement issued today, adding, “The advertisement is not only the lifeline of the media but also its fundamental right guaranteed by the constitution.”

The Society has issued this statement in response to the the Election Commission’ recent call that discouraged dissemination of political advertisements, saying that it would constitute a violation to the Election Code of Conduct.

Meanwhile, the Society has also urged all the print and electronic media not to disseminate any news that would violate people’s fundamental right to information, impinge on the sovereignty and national integrity. 

This press release has been issued at a time when the political parties are taking to print and digital media to introduce their election manifestos and election campaign related activities to woo voters to turn the tables in thier favor in the second of elections. 

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